ACLU Sues Scott Over Public Worker Drug Testing

Thursday, 02 Jun 2011 09:00 AM

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TALLAHASSEE — The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit against the state saying that requiring job applicants to "pee in a cup" to test for drugs and randomly selecting current public employees to do the same is unconstitutional, The Miami Herald reports.

Gov. Rick Scott signed the law asking job applicants to submit to drug testing earlier this week. The ACLU is asking a federal judge to immediately suspend the executive order signed by Scott in March that requires all agencies to set up random drug testing protocols for existing workers and require new hires to submit to drug tests as a condition of their employment, the Herald reports.

Scott, the ACLU's Peter Walsh says, has extended the reach of who can be tested and dismisses the various court rulings which require some probable cause before tests can be administered.

"This is a case in which the office of the governor has ripped the envelope apart," said Walsh.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Scott responded that Floridians overwhelmingly support drug testing for state workers.

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